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Posted in: What do you think about suspected gropers jumping onto train tracks at stations to avoid capture? See in context

Let's make this easier.

What do you think about suspected criminals running away to avoid capture?

Does it make them look less guilty if they run?

Why is this question specific to groping? The incidence of false accusation is so low as to be negligible. If they are innocent, then a mistake has been made, and that will soon come to light.

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Posted in: Health insurance to cover new cancer therapy worth ¥33 mil See in context

My understanding is that in the US it is Novartis, the manufacturer, which does not charge if it doesn't work. 

So, if someone receives the treatment here and pays their 10 - 30 percentage, but the treatment doesn't work, will that money be repaid?

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Posted in: Health insurance to cover new cancer therapy worth ¥33 mil See in context

The age cap may seem low because these cancers move more aggressively in the young, and more slowly in the older? Don't quote me on that, just a possibility.

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Posted in: Man arrested for installing spy camera in convenience store toilet See in context

He was quoted as saying he planted the camera because he got a thrill out of seeing women naked and their underwear.


he later uploaded the footage to a website where he sold it. 

Which is it, sonny? Does he get charger with a lesser crime if he claims he did it because he's a peeping tom pervert, than if he was doing it to make money

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Posted in: Doris Day, actress who honed wholesome image, dies at 97 See in context

A fine actor, singer, and an excellent woman who fought to protect those who can't protect themselves. Fly straight, Ms Day - you lived a good life and have left a great legacy.

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Posted in: What habits by your co-workers annoy you the most at your workplace? See in context

Talking loudly on the phone. Especially if it's at length. Triple minus points if they go "Mmmm". . . ."Mmmm" . . . "Mmmm"... every few seconds when listening.

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Posted in: Suspected groper arrested after jumping onto train tracks and fleeing from station See in context

If the woman hits the man who is molesting her, she can be arrested for assault.

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Posted in: Suspected groper arrested after jumping onto train tracks and fleeing from station See in context

The man groped the woman, who grabbed him. The man ran away - proof of guilt. The innocent don't run away. If someone says they'd run away even though innocent, then they are either stupid or guilty. Who here will admit to being that stupid?

There are online groups devoted to teaching men who molest how to get away with their crime - running away is one tactic. These filthy-minded criminals need to be brought to trial.

There are those who say It's he said she said, and consistently side with the man, when statistically the man is the attacker. Those people would rather believe an offender simply because he's a man, than believe a victim because she's a woman.

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Posted in: U.S. Navy member found dead in apparent suicide in Sasebo park See in context

Terribly sad news. How awful for his family and friends.

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Posted in: What is your view on people or groups who use social media to air extremist views, hate speech, incite violence or libel others? Where should the line be drawn, if at all, with regards to freedom of speech? See in context

If they incite violence, then of course they should be stopped. That's not freedom of speech, to say somebody should be raped or killed because they say something you don't like. Women are threatened with physical violence a lot on social media, and this is all too often downplayed or ignored by the admin.

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Posted in: Man arrested for burning down ex-girlfriend’s house See in context

(Sorry about the double negative.)

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Posted in: Man arrested for burning down ex-girlfriend’s house See in context

A man tried to kill five people, and destroyed everything they own, because he decided this woman was his possession, and her choices are irrelevant to his desire. He doesn't have not a mental illness, he just believes what society has taught him.

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Posted in: Swimming star Ikee launches website; says leukemia treatment proceeding smoothly See in context

Poor woman. It is a terrible thing to happen to anyone, regardless of age or ability. I hope she can survive this and live a long life.

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Posted in: Man kept mother’s body at home after her death last June See in context

Does continuing to claim her pension actually involve doing anything? Or is it simply that the money continued to be automatically paid into her account?

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Posted in: While the Japanese government relentlessly promotes the image of 'Cool Japan' and mega-tourism, the current reality is a country run by sociopathic Hitler-loving plutocrats, with plummeting press freedom, endemic poverty, rising censorship, deliberate destruction of public records, continual death by overwork, a corrupt bureaucracy, and a medieval justice system. Despite the triple meltdown of Fukushima, the government is rushing to start nuclear power plants again with reckless abandon. See in context

"I've never heard of him, so let me google to find some articles which criticise him."

This - ignorance followed by looking online for negative opinions about Mr Adelstein - hardly makes commenters here look informed. For people living in Japan long-term not to have heard of him ( whether you agree with his opinions or not) reeks or deliberate ignorance.

As for the "If you don't like it here shut up and go home!" brigade... don't be so childish. That is the reaction of someone who is unable to handle criticism or have an informed discussion.

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Posted in: Knives found near Prince Hisahito's desk at Tokyo school See in context

I am surprised at the lack of security that allowed someone to enter he premises so easily - and that he knew the location of the boy's classroom. They should take this threat seriously.

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Posted in: British rock band Queen to bring 2020 Rhapsody Tour to Japan See in context

@Luky Lukman: John Deacon hasn't played with Queen for over twenty years.

This will be great. Last time I saw them was with Paul Rodgers, but Adam Lambert will be fabulous.

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

 a colleague told the respondent not to speak Chinese when the respondent was asked for directions by a Chinese-speaking customer.

This is the kind of discrimination I don't think English speakers experience so much here. And it is discrimination. We only have to imagine the reverse - when people speaking Spanish, Bengali, or Polish in an English-speaking country are told to "speak English or go home!"

Telling people not to speak their native tongue when it is most natural (and sensible) for them to do so, as with the convenience store colleague, is imperialistic bigotry.

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Posted in: Couples in first hearing on same-sex marriage say they are 'not special' See in context

I wish them luck, and success. They should have the parental rights, legal, next-of-kin, and inheritance rights, as heterosexuals do.

I remain optimistic about this, since local governments have already been paving the way in small ways.

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Posted in: Man stops train from leaving station in Japan; video goes viral online See in context

Laying hands on him could lead to assault charges, so it's just as well nobody got physical with him.

Personally, I am pleased to see that the sensors are working so effectively, after so many incidents of people getting trapped in doors.

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Posted in: Japan's Olympic minister resigns over 2011 disaster remarks See in context

Took him long enough to get rid of him.

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Posted in: Emperor, empress surprise public in rare stroll outside palace See in context

That is a lovely photo. How nice to see them smiling and relaxed. I wish them hundreds if not thousands more strolls like this.

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Posted in: Clever kitty: Cats know their names See in context

I just said "Hey Minny" to my cat, whom I call Minny, Monny, Mon-chan, Minchi, Mi Minya, and My Beauteous Min, depending.

She said "Hey" back.

We do that a lot - just touching base.

Cost me nothing.

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Posted in: Man who threw bicycle from 12th floor of building, injuring woman below, gets suspended sentence See in context

Intent should be irrelevant in this case, as it should be any time someone breaks a law and injures someone. So what if he didn't mean to hurt someone. He did. He's not four years old, he's a grown-ass adult. This woman could have been killed.

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Posted in: University associate professor arrested for killing pigeons with insecticide See in context

Vicious man. causing so much suffering with this prolonged and painful death. He should lose his job and face trial.

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Posted in: Depression in Japan: Who to contact and what to do if this happens to you See in context

@savethegaijin :

Thank you for sharing your experiences and for reaching out to those who are struggling and feeling as lost as you were. I hope that things improve for you, that you continue to hang on and keep going.

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Posted in: Have you found Google Maps in Japan to be reliable? See in context


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Posted in: Thai police arrest 15 Japanese men in call center scam See in context

Bastards. Stealing from the elderly and vulnerable. I hope their prison term is long and miserable.

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